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10 Paddling Trips to Start Planning Today

Right now, it's cold and icy in most of the Northern climates and actual paddling has been shelved for many. But it's the perfect time to plan for the next memorable summer paddling trip or even arrange an exotic adventure to paddle in warm tropical waters and escape the winter! To help you out, we've compiled a list of 10 great paddling adventures that have caught our attention.

1.

What Is It?

This is a week long paddle adventure down the longest river in the wilderness of the Yukon Territory, and one that played a big part in the history of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Why Should I Go?

If you are a history buff, you'll want to go! During this Yukon River canoe trip you'll retrace part of the Klondike Gold Rush route of 1898 and reminders of Yukon’s gold rush can be seen all along this stretch of this historic river.

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Trips are 7 days long and book between June-August. Download detailed trip notes from the Nature Tours of Yukon website and contact them for availability.

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2.

What Is It?

Adventure in comfort on the mothership, Mirage. Guided sea kayaking, kayak fishing and paddle boarding in southwest Florida and The Bahamas.

Why Should I Go?

No shore camping. Launch and return to a warm shower, delicious meals and a comfortable cabin for privacy.

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Lodging aboard Mirage, meals, drinks, paddling gear and fishing gear provided. Contact them for group discounts.

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3. Roatan – Private Paddlesports Retreat

by Uncommon Adventures

What Is It?

Nestled just thirty miles off the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, Roatan and The Bay Islands offer beautiful paddling, diverse local culture and world class snorkeling and diving. This retreat is a big experience combining kayaking, snorkeling, SUP and tropical biology – all with a twist of the rich cultural soup of this island group.

Why Should I Go?

This is a customized small group model (2-6 persons) operating out of a private oceanfront home retreat. It provides ultimate flexibility to accommodate different paces and skill levels to take advantage of each day as it comes. Paddle, lounge, eat, snorkel, repeat – or float in the pool. As they say "will build to suit". Now that's a vacation!

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Retreat dates are all in February! Research the detailed trip notes from the Uncommon Adventures website and contact them for availability.

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4. San Juan Inn-to-Inn Kayaking Tours

by Crystal Seas Kayaking

What Is It?

3-5 days spent sea kayaking along beautiful, rugged coastlines among the small remote San Juan Islands (WA) with nights relaxing at the most luxurious inns and indulging at the best restaurants they have to offer.

Why Should I Go?

The San Juan Islands are a wildlife photographers dream as they play host to sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters and orcas. This spectacular environment should be on every paddler's bucket list!

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These exciting trips are scheduled from May-September. See detailed tripnotes at the Crystal Seas Kayaking website and contact them for availability.

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5. Raja Ampat Kayak and Live Aboard

by Southern Sea Ventures

What Is It?
A 10-day sea kayak trip exploring Indonesia's remote Raja Ampat archipelago, based on a luxuriously appointed traditional sailing boat.
Why Should I Go?
Raja Ampat is one of the world's most spectacular habitats, abounding in pristine coral reefs, exotic bird life and beautiful beaches.
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Trip date is Nov 28-Dec 7, 2017. Download detailed trip notes from the Southern Sea Ventures website and contact them for availability.

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6.

What Is It?
This adventure on the Belize barrier reef travels from island to island, giving you lots of adventure and great snorkeling while getting a chance to visit some of smaller, lesser known lodges in Belize.

Why Should I Go?
Kayak and snorkel the idyllic cayes of the central Belize reef system, with a comfortable bed and shower each night!.

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Trips are 5 days long and book between November-May. Download detailed trip notes from the Island Adventures website and contact them for availability.

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7.

What Is It?
This is a one week teaching class, where parents and kids can vacation to Ontario and learn whitewater paddling together.

Why Should I Go?
Classes have kids paddling with their peers of a similar age, whereas adults are divided into their own programs including dry-land workshops. Off water facilities include your choice of camping, lodge or cabana accommodation and kid-friendly meals.

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Trips are 5 days long and book between July-August. Download detailed trip notes from the Madawaska website and contact them for availability.

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8.

What Is It?
This family vacation package is a neat way for the family to enjoy the BWCAW wilderness with some camping and canoeing, with moderate challenges.

Why Should I Go?
The outfitters personally work with you in selecting a wilderness canoe route that meets your family desires (i.e. how much paddling you want to do, how many and how long the portages, etc.) and provide canoes, tents, food and equipment for your self-guided expedition.

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Trips are 4-6 days long and book between May-September. Get more information from the Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters website and contact them for availability.

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9.

What Is It?
The Belize Adventure Week has been widely acclaimed as one of the top multi-sport adventure tours in the world. In one action-packed tour you experience fifteen sports in eight days

Why Should I Go?
If you like sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, stand-up paddling, and board surfing (not to mention hammock surfing!) all in an exotic location, then you can't miss this!

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Trips are 5 days long and book between December-April. Download detailed trip notes from the Slickrock website and contact them for availability.

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10. Northwest Craft Beer & Kayaking

What Is It?
Spend three days paddling the beautiful San Juan Islands (WA) and two nights enjoying award-winning regional craft beers as these expertly guided sea kayaking tours by day become a “waterfront” tasting room by night.

Why Should I Go?
If you like sea kayaking and beer, why wouldn't you go? What could be more relaxing after a day of paddling and viewing fantastic wildlife such as bald eagles and harbor seals than relaxing with a tasty, refreshing brew?!

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Trips are 3 days long and book between June-August. See detailed itinerary at the Outdoor Odyssey's website and contact them for availability.

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